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In Which I Talk About Food & Poop

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Oh, yes, indeedy.
I’m gonna.
Not because I think you’re all that interested, but because that’s what’s a focus in my life right now.
I’m only half kidding. About it being a focus.
After 8 children, it’s pretty hard to gross me out. And I’m finding that baby poop can tell you a lot that the baby can’t.
From the third baby on, I’ve had milk supply problems, and have “finished off” the last 5 babies with bottles and formula. I won’t digress here into the battle that has been.
I’ve always assumed (likely correctly) that my milk supply dwindled because I was pregnant. I knew all the “tricks” and herbs to increase supply, and they just weren’t working.
I was primed and ready to use all the tricks again this time, nursing baby #8. The midwife reminded me (again) to make sure I consume at least 2500 calories a day. I thought (as I always do) “NO problemo!” But I figured this time, I’ll track it. I’m not sure why I decided to, but I did.
I’m awfully glad I did! I learned in a hurry that consuming 2500 calories is indeed a BIG problemo for me! There are times that I can eat a lot of food, but that is not my norm. Apparently, my norm, from looking at the charts of this tracking app, is closer to 700-1000 calories a day. Which is NOT conducive to milk production. Which makes me pretty sure that all the other times have had this as a contributing reason as well, since I’m eating more these days than I have in years!
Anyway, on to the poop:
Changing Caedmon’s diaper these days is like playing the lottery:
His poop is very indicative of my milk quality, which lets me know how to eat.
Bright yellow mustardy poop = enough milk.
Greenish or orangish mucousy poop = not enough milk.
“Seeds” in the mustard = enough fat in the milk.
Smooth mustard = not enough fat OR baby isn’t getting “hind milk”.
Huh. Wish I’d known all that 8 years ago!
So THAT’S why I’m really writing all this- in case there’s someone else whose baby will benefit from that info.
Now, I need to go figure out how in the world I’m supposed to eat 1500 more calories a day. As it is, I don’t see how I can possibly stuff in any more food!

In Which I Talk About Food & Poop

Standard

Oh, yes, indeedy.
I’m gonna.
Not because I think you’re all that interested, but because that’s what’s a focus in my life right now.
I’m only half kidding. About it being a focus.
After 8 children, it’s pretty hard to gross me out. And I’m finding that baby poop can tell you a lot that the baby can’t.
From the third baby on, I’ve had milk supply problems, and have “finished off” the last 5 babies with bottles and formula. I won’t digress here into the battle that has been.
I’ve always assumed (likely correctly) that my milk supply dwindled because I was pregnant. I knew all the “tricks” and herbs to increase supply, and they just weren’t working.
I was primed and ready to use all the tricks again this time, nursing baby #8. The midwife reminded me (again) to make sure I consume at least 2500 calories a day. I thought (as I always do) “NO problemo!” But I figured this time, I’ll track it. I’m not sure why I decided to, but I did.
I’m awfully glad I did! I learned in a hurry that consuming 2500 calories is indeed a BIG problemo for me! There are times that I can eat a lot of food, but that is not my norm. Apparently, my norm, from looking at the charts of this tracking app, is closer to 700-1000 calories a day. Which is NOT conducive to milk production. Which makes me pretty sure that all the other times have had this as a contributing reason as well, since I’m eating more these days than I have in years!
Anyway, on to the poop:
Changing Caedmon’s diaper these days is like playing the lottery:
His poop is very indicative of my milk quality, which lets me know how to eat.
Bright yellow mustardy poop = enough milk.
Greenish or orangish mucousy poop = not enough milk.
“Seeds” in the mustard = enough fat in the milk.
Smooth mustard = not enough fat OR baby isn’t getting “hind milk”.
Huh. Wish I’d known all that 8 years ago!
So THAT’S why I’m really writing all this- in case there’s someone else whose baby will benefit from that info.
Now, I need to go figure out how in the world I’m supposed to eat 1500 more calories a day. As it is, I don’t see how I can possibly stuff in any more food!

Making Medicine

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(my apologies about the pictures in this post… I can’t rotate them without more bother than I want to go to. If you’d like to see the same post with the pictures correct, you can do that at our other blog)
Today, we finally got around to doing one of those things I’ve been meaning to do. We made some salve for owies and diaper rash!
We used: wild plantains, lavender oil, and lobelia extract in a base of coconut oil. Say-Jal eagerly volunteered to be the plantain harvester, as well as wash and dry the leaves.

Read more »

Making Medicine

Standard
(my apologies about the pictures in this post… I can’t rotate them without more bother than I want to go to. If you’d like to see the same post with the pictures correct, you can do that at our other blog)
Today, we finally got around to doing one of those things I’ve been meaning to do. We made some salve for owies and diaper rash!
We used: wild plantains, lavender oil, and lobelia extract in a base of coconut oil. Say-Jal eagerly volunteered to be the plantain harvester, as well as wash and dry the leaves.

Read more »